New head of NFU horticulture board announced

Yorkshire vegetable grower Guy Poskitt has been elected as the new chairman of the NFU horticulture and potatoes board, replacing Sarah Dawson.

Guy Poskitt and Sarah Dawson - image:HW
Guy Poskitt and Sarah Dawson - image:HW

Named Farmer of the Year 2012, Poskitt grows more than 50,000 tonnes of carrots a year in the East Riding of Yorkshire, as well as pumpkins, potatoes, swedes and parsnips.

He said: "I am looking forward to taking on the role as chairman and with it the many challenges facing the country’s growers; from ensuring the industry can adapt in a post-SAWS world to changes that will affect us as a result of reforms to CAP."

He thanked Sarah Dawson for her work on behalf of the industry in her five years as chairman. She said: "The time is right for fresh eyes, expertise and enthusiasm, to take the industry forward."

Soft fruit grower Anthony Snell has stepped down as vice-chairman, but remains the soft fruit representative on the board. A replacement vice chairman is due to be elected in May.

Produce World director of agriculture Andrew Burgess, and brassica grower and chairman of the Brassica Growers Association Matthew Rawson, also join the board.

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